Animal attack sparks appeal for information

Tuesday 8th July 2014 10:00 pm

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AN URGENT appeal for information has been issued following a serious animal attack on Dartmoor last week. The incident happened in the Haytor area at about 8pm last Wednesday evening, July 2. Dartmoor Livestock Protection officer Karla McKechnie said three people, assumed to be a husband, wife and daughter, were walking with three dogs, a long-coated German Shepherd which was called Milo, a tan and white, stocky, coated terrier and a caramel-coloured lurcher, when the German Shepherd went for a sheep. Karla said: 'It was a really serious attack, the sheep was badly savaged, the man actually had to pull the dog off it. 'The sheep had to be put down — another sheep was injured but that one's been found and is doing OK.' Karla said the witness who reported the incident said there were a lot of people around the area at the time. The three people left the scene with their dogs straight away, after beating them for the attack. Karla said: 'I am just hoping someone saw them get into a car and got their registration, or maybe the people themselves will get in contact with me. 'I can't believe that people would just leave without doing anything to help the sheep that were attacked, as they were ripped really badly — thank goodness someone else did call me and we managed to get the vet out. 'It's a criminal offence to let your dog worry or attack livestock — and it's criminal damage. 'I would urge all dog owners to use care and consideration when they are on the moor.' Anyone that has any information or who can help should call Karla McKechnie, Dartmoor Livestock Protection Officer, on 07873 587561, or the police on 101, quoting log 380 of 4/07/2014.

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